Funeral services are expected to be held Monday for the 24-year-old Kevin Sutherland, who was brutally stabbed to death on the Fourth of July while aboard a Metro train.
Sutherland is from Trumbull, Conn., and services are to be held in that area for him, according to the Connecticut Post.
He was killed after Jasper Spires, 18, allegedly punched him and stabbed him between 30 and 40 times in the chest, abdomen, back, side and arms. The slaying happened while the train they were on pulled into the NoMa-Gallaudet U stop on Florida Avenue N E.
Sutherland was a recent American University graduate and was headed to meet friends for the holiday. Police have said Spires may have been high on synthetic drugs and tried to grab a cellphone tucked into Sutherland’s waistband.
Many of Sutherland’s friends and family have said he enjoyed being in Washington, full of policy and political circles.
On his Twitter profile, Sutherland had the Latin words of the Connecticut seal, “Qui transtulit sustinet” — “He who is transplanted still sustains.” By all accounts from those who knew him, he seemed to follow that motto.
In photographs and videos Sutherland posted online, he showed he was a fan of D.C.’s monuments and the city’s history.
He came to the District in the fall of 2009 and later interned for Connecticut congressman Jim Himes (D-Conn.) on Capitol Hill. Sutherland grew up in a home where politics was frequent dinner conversation, according to Himes.
Himes said that he came to admire Sutherland’s sharp intellect and political savvy and trusted the college student to manage his office’s social-media accounts.
“He was really shy but a really politically attuned kid,” Himes said, noting that Sutherland’s father, Doug, was deeply involved in local politics in Connecticut and held fundraisers for his campaign for Congress.
Sutherland had an interdisciplinary degree in communication, law, government and economics. At the time of his death, Sutherland was working as a digital political strategist with the firm New Blue Interactive.
“Kevin was an amazing employee and friend, we will miss him always,” said Taryn Rosenkranz, the company’s chief executive. She added that her team is “heartbroken.”